Welcome to Hacienda
Dear Hacienda Families,
Here we are teetering on the cusp of Daylight Savings Time and the quick two-step into Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. I was very surprised to see that I had not updated my webpage letter since the end of August! Where has the time flown to?
I would like to heartily congratulate Melissa Belur, our Fall Festival Chairperson, and all the super volunteers, for an awesome Fall Festival. I had a wonderful time, and it sure seemed like everyone else was having one, too. I resisted the lure of all the yummy baked goods, but did do several pass-throughs the display, fantasizing about eating a dozen or so cupcakes and a cake or two :-). Thank you everyone for an excellent, fun, evening for our Hacienda families!
If you weren’t able to attend my presentation on Common Core and our new report card, I’d like to refer you to our District website. If you go to http://www.sjusd.org click, on the banner heading at the top of the page “Parents” and use the drop down menu to get to “Common Core”, you will be directed to a veritable fount of information regarding the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that the District (and 46 states) will be fully implementing next year. At Hacienda we have already begun the transition, with a focus on Math for the first part of the year, and adding in English Language Arts toward the end of the year. Teachers have full-day planning sessions with their grade level teams each month to create CCS based units. We are all very excited by this transition as it restructures instruction to include a much greater focus on students’ thinking and speaking skills. I commend my staff for the hard work they are putting in to develop their understanding of the CCSS and interesting lessons for our students.
Just in case I don’t get back here in a timely fashion, or if I don’t see you on campus during Parent/Teacher conferences, I’d like to wish everyone Happy Halloween, say a big THANK YOU to our Veterans, and wish all of you the Happiest of Thanksgivings. (I think that covers me through November :-)!)
As always, drive extra carefully around our campus. Our children are relying on you to put their safety first!
Parent e-Mail Communication
The Hacienda School Office is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on days school is in session. When visiting or calling the campus (408-535-6259) our wonderful office staff will direct your call or answer any questions you may have. Please make sure to sign in at the office when you are visiting our campus.
2014-15 SJUSD Magnet School registration for students must be completed between February 10 and March 14, 2014. Go to http://www.sjusd.org/enrollment-registration/magnet-school-information/ for more information.
Our Vision: “All San Jose Unified School District students are inspired and prepared to succeed in a global society.”
Our Mission: “San Jose Unified School District’s mission is to eliminate the opportunity gap and provide every student with the finest 21st century education.”
At Hacienda we accomplish our mission by providing an educational program that creates stewards of the environment and fosters independent, critical thinkers through the development of communication and collaborative skills.